Laser Hair Removal Washington DC
The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Are you tired of shaving, waxing and suffering from those annoying bumps and cuts? There is a safe and effective alternative to hair removal. It is an laser hair removal system that offers permanent hair reduction. Cosmetic Skin Institute offers laser hair removal utilizing one of the most effective hair removal equipment available on the market, the Starlux by Palomar Medical Technologies.
What is Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal and how does it work?
The laser Hair Removal system involves selective photothermolysis. In other words, the laser Hair Removal is directed specifically for hair in that it selectively targets the melanin (color) of the hair and the texture. In this process, it ultimately destroys the hair follicle. The energy emitted through the laser system is delivered to the area and the hair follicles are destroyed.
How does it feel?
Everyone has a different reaction to what is perceived as discomfort or pain. However, most patients describe treatments as a warm to hot sensation on the skin or a tolerable sting similar to that of waxing. For sensitive clients, a topical anesthetic may be applied to the skin 45 minutes to an hour prior to the treatment.
How long will the treatment take?
In terms of a single treatment, depending on the area to be treated, the chin and upper lip may take five minutes and both legs could take an hour and a half. To achieve permanent hair reduction, an average of three to five treatments may be necessary depending on skin type and body area. The frequency between treatments is about six to eight weeks.
What side effects can be seen and is there anything I should avoid?
Side effects are very minimal; however, temporary side effects may result in redness and a hive-like appearance with some crusting or scabbing where the hair may be singed or destroyed. Scabbing may last about three to five days and an antibiotic ointment should be applied to the area twice a day until complete healing is achieved.
You should avoid tanning or waxing the treatment areas. Tanned skin makes it difficult for the equipment to pick up the pigment in the hair and could also cause lightening of the skin. Waxing should be avoided because the hair follicle must be present in order for the equipment to detect the hair.
What kind of skin types and hair colors can be treated?
The laser Hair Removal system is effective on all skin types and hair color except white hair, grey hair, and blonde fuzz. Most systems target the pigment inside the hair. No pigment – no results.
How much do the Laser Hair Removal treatments cost?
The cost varies due to the size of the area treated and the number of treatments necessary. Generally, you can expect to receive four to five treatments, but you can stop treatments when you are satisfied with your results.
Treatment costs are very reasonable and will vary from client to client. The exact cost per treatment will be discussed during consultation.
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